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in afghanistan and no evidence that the american plan to hand over to a credible, stable afghan government will work. these village elders tell me once u.s. troops leave, a civil war will begin and u.s.-trained afghan forces will not be able to stop it. >> are you preparing for this fight? are you already stockpiling weapons and ammunition and getting yourself ready? yes, we are, we will definitely fight, he says. and what about the afghan government? it's meaningless here, they say. you think it's possible that the taliban will try and come back. yes, they will, he says. it makes a decade's work of american battles seem futile. it wasn't always like this. >> the united states military has begun strikes. >> at first, the war had momentum. and a clear purpose. al qaeda with bases in afghanistan attack the united states on 9/11. just three months later, the u.s. drove the taliban from power, al qaeda and osama bin laden were on the run. it was done with a few hundred cia officers, special forces, and air power. a quick victory. but not decisive. >> that was nbc's richard engel reporting. and
sold as a humanitarian mission. and the two main security goals toppling the taliban government and destroying al qaeda bases were both accomplished here a decade ago. and the cost, around $600 billion. $8 billion a month. and there are two more years to go. the afghan government of president hamid karzai washington helped put in place is widely considered one of the most corrupt in the world. the u.s. has helped train about 350,000 afghan security forces. the target number. but they're not always loyal. 20% of american combat deaths this year came from afghan forces shooting their american partners. many afghans fear, the government may not be able to hold the country together once u.s. troops leave in 2014. there could be a civil war. >> keep going a little bit more. >> reporter: among u.s. forces, morale remains high. but some are annoyed the war has been ignored in the u.s. presidential campaign. all four of doc coughlin's brothers serve in the military. he's on his second tour in afghanistan. he knows americans aret talking much about the troops anymore. >> initially when t
. but this was never sold as a humanitarian mission. and the two main security goals toppling the taliban government and destroying al qaeda bases were both accomplished here a decade ago. and the cost, around $600 billion. $8 billion a month. and there are two more years to go. the afghan government of president hamid karzai washington helped put in place is widely considered one of the most corrupt in the world. the u.s. has helped train about 350,000 afghan security forces. the target number. but they're not always loyal. 20% of american combat deaths this year came from afghan forces shooting their american partners. many afghans fear, the government may not be able to hold the country together once u.s. troops leave in 2014. there could be a civil war. >> keep going a little bit more. >> reporter: among u.s. forces, morale remains high. but some are annoyed the war has been ignored in the u.s. presidential campaign. all four of doc coughlin's brothers serve in the military. he's on his second tour in afghanistan. he knows americans aren't talking much about the troops anymore. >> initially when
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